NEW BUSINESS

Entropy Solutions Inc., Minneapolis, bio-based specialty company, has formed a strategic partnership with Encapsys, a business unit of Appleton Papers Inc. Encapsys applies microencapsulation -- which encases a core material with tiny shells or capsules that are microns in diameter -- to Entropy Solutions' PureTemp phase change materials. PureTemp is a thermal energy storage technology that captures, stores and reuses otherwise lost or wasted energy to maintain constant temperatures for extended periods.

BringMeTheNews, Minneapolis, has raised $3 million in capital from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, which has been a sponsor of the online and broadcast news curator. In addition, BringMeTheNews will add staff members, including the company's first chief operating officer, and continue its expansion plans. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux will be a minority investor in BringMeTheNews.

DEBT AND EQUITIES

Ameriprise Financial Inc., Minneapolis, declared a quarterly cash dividend of 35 cents per common share, payable Aug. 17 to shareholders of record Aug. 3.

Winmark Corp., Minneapolis, declared a dividend of 4 cents per share, payable Sept. 4 to shareholders of record on Aug. 8.

Donaldson Co. Inc., Bloomington, declared a regular cash dividend of 9 cents per share, payable Sept. 7 to shareholders of record on Aug. 17. As of June 30, there were about 148.8 million shares outstanding.